KOLOLO: President Museveni has hinted on when his new cabinet list of ministers will be released announcing that he will first announce the Vice President and Prime Minister before other posts.
The President said this on Monday while meeting the members of parliament at the NRM parliamentary caucus at Kololo Ceremonial Independent grounds where he proposed an extra slot for a State Minister in his new government, amove his MPs welcome arguably.
“I am only asking for one slot of a State Minister to raise the number from 79 to 80. Those who agree say aye,” he asked to a resounding affirmative approval by members of the NRM caucus.
The approval of the proposed expansion of the cabinet will increase the number of ministers to 80 from the current 79.
During the same caucus, the President who is also the National Chairman of NRM highlighted that as the public awaits the cabinet list of ministers, he will first appoint the Vice President and the Prime Ministers, positions which were most recently occupied by Hon. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda respectively.
The DailyExpress also understands that some of the high profile individuals expected in Cabinet include former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, ex Information Minister Jim Muhwezi, Frank Tumwebaze, Shartsi Kutesa Musherure and David Bahati among others.
Unconfirmed reports have also indicated that former Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura is also poised to scoop a prestigious post in the new government.
Museveni praises NRM MPs on Speakership
President Museveni while meeting the NRM legislators commended members of the Caucus for their solidarity during the recent election of the Speaker of Parliament and Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
“You behaved like parties behave. Politics is not what you want as an individual but it is what you want as a group for the good of the country,” he said.
He congratulated NRM members of Parliament upon being elected to the August house.
The MPs were today starting the process of expressing their interest in the Parliamentary committees of parliament.
The President informed the legislators that the idea of moving alone as a political individual was not a viable one but a distortion.
He reminded members of NRM Caucus of the resolve he and other patriots took when Amin came to power to resist the regime as its leader would not understand the main aim of the student group that was out to unite the people of Uganda and liberate countries in Africa.
“It was clear that Amin could not understand our aim –to unite the people of Uganda and for the unity of Africa,” he said.
He noted that he fled the country for Dar as salaam in Tanzania on the 26th of January 1971 at the age of only 26 years old and together with other patriots, started the struggle against Idi Amin.